OHS finds fun ways to connect with students


Science teacher Ms. Rebecca Kirchhofer holding a sign she made for her students to lift their spirits during this pandemic.

Casey Olearnick

The Coronavirus outbreak has put a dent on the 2019-2020 school year, but the staff at OHS is lifting spirits in many different ways. 

Back in mid-April, “Oakville Spring Spirit (Fri)days” were introduced via the OHS Twitter and Instagram pages. With the caption, “We miss you Tigers! Let’s have a little Friday Fun!” a few OHS staff challenged students and other faculty to post pictures on social media to show their Tiger spirit. 

As of right now, a handful of pictures are coming in to keep everyone smiling. “We are always looking for ways to reach out to and connect with our students,” said Mr. Casey Olearnick, one of the assistant principals. “We miss and love them.” 

In addition to the spirit days, teachers from all departments have been taking pictures of themselves holding signs with encouraging messages. A few videos, put together by assistant principal Mr. Jason Buatte, as well as Olearnick, have made their way to YouTube through private listings. 

To continue the streak of videos, the series “From OurHouSe to Yours” debuted on March 25. The short films showcase OHS staff and how they are staying entertained during isolation. Currently, there are 11 episodes that vary from thanking healthcare workers to making slime.

While it has been difficult to navigate online school, OHS faculty has been meeting quite often, according to Olearnick. Google Meet is being utilized for virtual face-to-face interactions, and email is more critical than ever before. 

“The purpose is to provide some positivity to our students, keep a connection to school, and also allow staff to give a message to their students” Buatte said. “We all miss you guys!”